by Andreas Beck
Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a
scale Messerschmitt Me 262A-2a is available online from Squadron.com
There is little that needs to be added to the Tamiya's 1/48
scale Messerschmitt Me 262A-2a.
Even so, I look forward to the day when we have moulding
technology that permits the modeler to choose how far the main gear oleos are
extended! I cut the kit oleos by 2/3.
Another problem is that the tailplane is so thin that the rudder
comes out a bit too wide. My next Tamiya Me 262 will have a thickened tailplane
at it's rear.
Also, wouldn´t it be nice if one of the photo-etched aftermarket
companies brought out a set of some (maybe 8 – 10) FuG 16 Morane masts. Many
modelers would be thankful and would replace kit parts, even on already finished
models. The mast in this kit could nearly be a auxiliary tank.
Cutting Edge`s slats and four canon nose were used. Due to
transport problems to Detlef as the photographer the antenna wire is not yet
fixed. Call me an idiot, but I will try to combine one of the sub-variants from
Dragon with the Tamiya kit.
I wanted to depict one of the early "rats", as Pierre Closterman
called the 262s, as colorless as possible. My next alternative was a captured
Soviet jet, but Det would have refused to photograph it, so the decision
fell on one of Kommando Schenk's planes.
The model was primed with Humbrol 147. The self mixed camouflage
colors are water based Schmincke artist airbrush colors which can be extremely
thinned down – and there is no stink at your work place.
A smooth coat of Aeromaster´s gloss acryl was applied before
decaling. The decals are a mix of Tamiya and Eagle Strike. The Werknummer is
estimated (There was a lot in the documentation and I felt so free).
The Micro Set and Sol combination worked well with both decal
types. A smooth finish with black Schmincke ( at a 1:30 ratio) was applied
before finishing the job with Aeromaster acrylic flat.
Tamiya's 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Me 262 was a fun kit to build,
but I will probably use the old Monogram for something different later. I can
strongly recommend using the Cutting Edge slats and flaps set too. It is not a
difficult job to add them to the model.
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